January 10th, 2015
Behind the Scenes: Going Swimmingly
This is the first in our series of posts giving you an insight into the people behind the fantastic classes and activities we have curated for you. We are kicking off in style with Adam from Going Swimmingly. At Going Swimmingly Adam teaches all levels of children how to swim and to develop an affinity to water.
How did you get started?
I have had a passion for swimming since I was a child. My swimming tutor journey began when I was working as a manny (male nanny), a job I did in the UK for 3 years. I enjoyed doing different sports activities such as swimming, football and tennis with the kids. After this I knew it was something I wanted to do all the time and turn into a business.
Describe your classes?
My philosophy is to keep sessions fun and engaging whilst of course always ensuring a safe environment. I believe that swimming is an essential life skill and with the right guidance any one can learn to love, respect and be at ease in the water.
What is the best thing about teaching?
I find teaching to be extremely rewarding. Interacting and supporting the learning of young children gives me a real sense of purpose and fulfilment. It’s enjoyable and varied…what more could I ask for?
What advice do you have for mums and dads on introducing their children to the water whether they are babies, toddlers or older children?
I would advise them to start in the bathtub. It’s an easy and convenient way to get your child accustomed to the water. Hop in there with them to create a safe and fun environment. To get your child used to the feeling of water on their head, fill a cup and gently pour it over their hair letting it cascade over their face. Don’t forget to make it fun! While you’re in the water, sing songs or play games such as motorboat to keep your child entertained. Make sure you smile and talk or sing in a soothing voice, especially if your child is reluctant to be in the water. Seeing your smiling face will assure them that this is a safe and fun environment.
Interested? Find out more about Adam’s classes.